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Doctor insights on: How Could A Person Be Diagnosed With A Knee Cartilage Problem

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Cartilage (Definition)

Cartilage is a specialized type of tissue found in joints and areas that two bones come together. It is made up of specialized cells that live in the midst of proteins and sugars that absorb and release water similar to a sponge. Healthy cartilage helps decrease friction in joints, absorbs shock and protects the ends of the bone. Degradation of ...Read more


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What are the causes of knee cartilage ulcer, if I do not treat this problem what will happen to my knee in the future? Manu thanks

What are the causes of knee cartilage ulcer, if I do not treat this problem what will happen to my knee in the future? Manu thanks

Can cause knee pain: Knee cartilage ulcers are an injury to the hyaline cartilage that lines the ends of bones at joints. Cartilage injuries can occur due to sports trauma or due to cumulative injuries to the knee as we get older. If you have a focal lesion, you should have it treated surgically since you are 26, and if you have pain. If you don't, you may develop arthritis in the future, or have knee pain. Many good minimally invasive surgical options exist to treat cartilage injuries. Check this link for more info. http://nycsportsmed.com/osteochondral-defects.html. ...Read more

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While training for a marathon on 20 mile run knee pain increased. Diagnosed with runners knee, cartilage loss possibly. Will this ever improve?

While training for a marathon on 20 mile run knee pain increased. Diagnosed with runners knee, cartilage loss possibly. Will this ever improve?

It can improve: Strengthen quadriceps muscles, especially vmo muscle. Cross train with cycling or stationary bike. Depending on your age and xray and MRI findings, sometimes prp injection may play a role. Avoid surgery. Physical therapy an option. Get a good sports medicine doctor. ...Read more

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Could Accutane cause the deterioration of knee cartilage?

Could Accutane cause the deterioration of knee cartilage?

Nolt likely: By cartilage degeneration, I am assume you mean meniscus degeneration. This is not list as an adverse event. Also on nlm search there were no articles that reported any meniscus problem associated with Accutane use. Joint pain and musculoskeletal symptoms are not uncommon. If you mean arthritis, it has been reported as an associated adverse event and is mentioned in the package insert. ...Read more

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Could steroids help me recover from knee cartilage damage & removal?

Could steroids help me recover from knee cartilage damage & removal?

Yes, but...: Steroids decrease inflammation and therefore help to decrease pain associated with injury or surgery. While a steroid injection or oral steroids may help decrease symptoms, they will not restore cartilage or reverse/prevent arthritis. Nonetheless, they can be helpful if used judiciously to "jumpstart" your recovery. ...Read more

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Could acupuncture and qi gong treatment help my knee cartilage grow back?

Could acupuncture and qi gong treatment help my knee cartilage grow back?

No: No, however acupuncture has been shown to help with knee pain from arthritis. It is effective but expensive and studies included several weeks of treatment. There are no long term studies with arthritis and acupuncture that I am aware of. ...Read more

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What happens to you when you have had all of your knee cartilage removed?

What happens to you when you have had all of your knee cartilage removed?

Osteoarthritis: When cartilage is removed you are bone on bone which is painful and will eventually need joint replacement. ...Read more

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What is a good way to get exercise after tearing your knee cartilage?

What is a good way to get exercise after tearing your knee cartilage?

Low impact exercises: Low impact exercises are generally a good idea when one is suffering from knee injuries. Riding a stationary bike, elliptical machines, or swimming are exercises that will help strengthen the muscles around the knee without causing significant discomfort. Avoid squats or lunges. ...Read more

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